Rivkah Slonim (editor), Liz Rosenberg (editor)
Publisher: Urim Publications
Bread and Fire is about the everyday lives of Jewish women and the struggles and aspirations, failings and triumphs of their spiritual endeavors.
This book asks: What does it mean to be a Jewish woman today? What does Jewish tradition offer to modern women who are looking for practical ways to bring spirituality and meaning to their lives and the lives of their loved ones?
The women whose writings appear in this book span a wide range of ages, backgrounds, perspectives and professions. In her own way, each one reveals God as an anchoring force in her life: from the birthing room to the boardroom, cleaning in the kitchen or scrubbing up for surgery. In places as far apart as Jerusalem, Washington, DC and southern India, these women help us find the sacred within the apparently mundane.
Readers will find themselves laughing, crying and gaining reassurance and strength as they come face-to-face with these women – women just like them – who are moving forward in the ancient quest to find God in the everyday.
About the Editor:
Rivkah Slonim, an internationally known lecturer and activist, addresses the intersection of traditional Jewish observance and contemporary life with a special focus on Jewish women. Over the past two decades, she has appeared before audiences in hundreds of locations across the United States and abroad and served as a consultant to educators and outreach professionals. Slonim is the editor of Total Immersion: A Mikvah Anthology (Jason Aronson, 1996; Urim, 2006). Slonim and her husband, Rabbi Aaron Slonim, have been the shluchim of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, to Binghamton, NY since 1985. Together they founded and direct the Chabad House Jewish Student Center at Binghamton University. Rivkah and Aaron Slonim are the parents of nine children.
Bread and Fire contains moving teachings and honest reflections from more than sixty contributors, including:
Shoshana S. Cardin
Ruchama King Feuerman
Rachel Naomi Remen
Sarah Yehudit (Susan) Schneider
Praise for Bread and Fire:
“Bread and Fire is an eloquent expression of contemporary Jewish women’s spirituality. Women write here about critical experiences in their inner and outer lives, as well as about the evolution of their attitudes to the givens, the normal pleasures and problems of a woman’s world. Many describe their struggle to find the sacred within the humdrum, the sensual, and the traumatic dimensions of experience. Single, married, divorced, disabled, with and without children, juggling the demands of home and profession, passionate students and teachers of Torah, these women convey the joy and complexity of Jewish religious life. Deeply felt and powerfully expressed, these essays should touch the hearts and minds of those who seek the sacred within the mundane.”
–Dr. Avivah Zornberg, author of Exodus: The Particulars of Rapture